tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News April 3, 2010 4:00am-5:00am EDT
next, the president taps the jobs numbers as a sign of mick recovery and new procedures for people flying to the u.s. and keeping an eye on iran from a symbol of american military might. live from our studio in washington, this is special report. good evening i'm chris wallace, the government released the latest unemployment numbers which experts say indicate the job market is starting to heal. major garrett reports, the president praised those results and a -- at a factory that added jobs, paid for with your tax dollars. >> reporter: as president obama landed in north carolina, the state republican party reminded him today's improved job news had a broader and not so happy context, in,'s unemployment rate is 11.2% up from 9.2% when
mr. obama took office and though the nation added 162,000 jobs in march, the tarheel state lost more than 90,000 jobs during the obama presidency. he toured a company that makes components for lithium batteries and is adding 300 jobs, due to stimulus financing, an example of private sector job growth, fueled by tax dollars. >> president barack obama: today is an encouraging day we learned the economy actually produce aid substantial number of jobs instead of losing a substantial number of jobs. [applause]. >> reporter: the president said march's job gains, the biggest in three years signal the economy began to turn the corner and also the first time, monthly private sector job growth topped 100,000 and out-paced government jobs gains and even so the federal government added 48,000 jobs, all temporary hires to conduct the census and most economists predicted gains of 200,000 and somewhat encouraged, the white house economist said the labor market remains, severely distressed .
>> to get numbers like we see now is a major, major turn around but we have to go farther to get the unemployment rate down and the president is firmly committed to that. >> reporter: among the biggest white house concerns, long term unemployment. a record 44.1% of jobless americans have been out of work for more than 6 months. the average lengths of joblessness is now, 31 weeks. >> blue-collar workers, salt of the earth mention, where the struggle is. >> reporter: where did the economy grow? 43,000 new jobs 3:5% of the private sector job gains, were concentrated in the leisure, hospitality and retail sectors, the lowest paying automotive of classification and jobs through in health care, 36,700 and construction up 15,000 jobs and economists said these gains suggest more consumer confidence. >> i think most firms will go out there and buy more equipment and hire more coworkers. -- workers. >> reporter: buried in the
report were revisions, of 26,000 jobs lost was revised to 14,000 gained and in february 36,000 jobs lost and it was revised to 13,000 and the three month trend is decidedly optimistic the white house says and it may be true but is worth remembering when congress debated the stimulus the white house predicted an unemployment rate now of 7.5%, not 9.7%, which currently exists. chris? >> chris: major garrett, reporting from the white house, thanks for that. the screening policy for travellers flying to the u.s. inspired by the christmas day bombing attempt is on the way out. caroline shivley tell us what will replace it. >> reporter: the obama administration is making major changes in security screenings, for passengers, flying to the u.s. moving from a system based on your home country to one based on threats and that means the u.s. gets a tip it should be on the lookout for a terrorist fitting a certain description or background. and, then any u.s. bound flyer
fitting the profile gets extra pat downs and checks before being allowed on the plan and the head of homeland security says this is a better system. >> it is a more information based way to screen and stronger way to determine whether passengers should go through second terry examination, and not just primary examination. >> reporter: for example, if the system was in place before the attempted christmas day underwear bombing, u.s. officials passed on information they were searching for a muslim man from nigeria who traveled to yemen, umar farouk abdulmutallab, could possibly have been flagged and a former head of u.s. customs and border protection says it is a way to paint a picture for analysts to examine. >> all of these pieces of information are put together and looked at and analyzed, collectively, to make that determination, as to whether that person poses a threat. >> reporter: the new method is expected to greatly reduce the number of extra screenings that were performed under a recent emergency order. from the christmas day bombing attempt until now, any passenger from or traveling through 14
mainly muslim countries went through extra security measures. >> that is an improvement over emergency order, which was really a gross generalization and was overbroad. it is -- its intelligence focused scrutiny which is good. >> reporter: there are potential problems with the system. the u.s. has no authority over the screening process, at airports in foreign countries, and, if they ignore it all the u.s. can do is fine them or ban them from running future flights to the u.s. and most countries don't have a version of the u.s.'s transportation security administration. it is the airlines doing the screening and you have specific sensitive information going out to thousands of foreign airlines workers. >> we discovered this in the u.s., when we tried to give intelligence to law enforcement. you are giving it to thousands of local law enforcement agencies, and it leaks. and often pretty quickly. >> reporter: further complicating efforts the tsa is coordinating the system with the foreign counterparts without a
permanent agency head and the president's second nominee for the position pulled out of the rungs last week. chris? >> chris: caroline, thanks for that. and another change will allow pilots on medication for depression to continue to fly. the faa says the idea behind the new policy is to get pilots who are now being treated secretly to disclose their condition. the agency says research indicates many of the drugs do not have serious side effects. and an american woman detained last month in ireland, for alleged delay plotting to kill a swedish cartoonist was arrested again today, in philadelphia. jamie paul lynn ramirez, joan as jihad jamie is accused of terrorism related conspiracy in colorado and concern over possible domestic terrorism has authorities paying attention, to the kind of odd communications many public officials get, once in a while. and national correspondent steve centanni has the latest example. >> reporter: in state capitals
across the country police are investigating letters manned their governors -- demanding their governors leave office within three days or be removed. at least two states beefed up security, even though they say they are not overly worried. the louisiana governor, bobby jindal got the letter, but the police spokesman in baton rouge said not a credible threat to the governor or the people of louisiana and jennifer granholm got the letter five days ago which renders the three day deadline in the letter meaningless and the fbi warned the governors the letters were come and to turn them over to police and and fbi official down played the threat. >> we obviously look at these things and determine whether or not there is actually a threat, contained in the letter. and, in this case, if there -- it does not appear to be a threat and it is more an expression, really of first amendment rights. >> reporter: the letters came from an anti-government group,
the guardians of the free republics which advocates peacefully altering the government doing away with taxes, foreclosures and drivers licenses among other things and the self-proclaimed guardins do not profess violence, the fbi is worried the letters could provoke others to act. and the fbi and homeland security warn law enforcement should be aware this could be interpreted as a justification for violence or other criminal actions. and the letter comes after the arrest of nine members of a so-called christian militia. authorities believe were plotting violence. >> reporter: the fringe elements are not prone to grow big or get substantive and we have law enforcement to deal with it and a good civil society and people recognize we may differ politically. >> reporter: and the homeland security chief said again last month there is this ever present danger of a lone wolf or homegrown terrorists. >> we have seen changes in the terrorism environment, over the
last month and one significant change is that we are now seeing americans, u.s. citizens, who themselves have become radicalized to the extent of wanting to commit violence. >> reporter: the fbi describes the sender of the letters as quote a sovereign citizen's extremist group, referring to those who believe they are free from all the duties of the u.s. citizens and they say they -- all 50 governors could eventually get the letters. chris. >> chris: these are things to worry about. >> reporter: always something. >> chris: thank you. >> reporter: you bet. >> chris: a judge in detroit ordered 8 of the suspected members of the christian militia group steve mentioned be held in jail, until their trial. and they were arrested last weekend. authorities say they plan to kill a law enforcement officer, then set off a bomb, at the funeral. the judge says prosecutors provided the court with very disturbing information. joe biden's now famous comment about health care legislation is a money maker. we'll explain on the grapevine
>> chris: the white house says it is consulting with china about tougher sanctions against iran. and press secretary robert gibbs says the administration is pleased with a -- the progress so far, and president obama spoke with chinese president hu jintao by phone this week, and he's scheduled to scheduled to attend a security summit in washington later this month and mr. obama said today he's confident he can get u.s. allies, on board. >> president barack obama: we don't take any options off the table and we'll continue to ratchet up the pressure and examine how they respond. but we're going to do so with a unified international community, that puts us in a much stronger position. >> chris: iran's nuclear capability is the top american concern, there are also worries
about its conventional weapons. the u.s. navy is a powerful deterrent, and, correspondents greg burke reports, from aboard the uss eisenhower. >> reporter: long range missile tests, locally manufactured naval destroyers, and just this week a cruise missile production line. iran is working hard, to project the regime's growing military prowess. tehran's saber rattling is likely aimed at discouraging a strike against its nuclear research facilities but also is making neighbors in the arabian gulf snervous and they sent missile batteries to u.s. allies. >> reporter: the rhetoric is not as tough as the bite. >> and cbn 69, other niwise own the uss eisenhower, part of the navy's 5th fleet headquartered in bahrain and the military calls it power projection.
and a show of force the u.s. hopes will add backbone to international efforts including sanctions and diplomatic isolation to convince iran to give up its nuclear weapons program. >> i think the nations of the region, the gulf, take comfort in the fact that we are here. that the 5th fleet is here, and, that the security relationship with the united states, is long and strong. >> reporter: in addition to the nuclear question iran's biggest threat to regional security and prosperity is blockading the strait of hormuz through which roughly 40% of the world's oil travels. keeping the gulf shipping lanes open is among the 5th fleet's key responsibilities. >> it is a very serious threat, certainly one that we take seriously. i'd say a lot of thought and planning and -- has been given to this problem set. and, we're confident that we can manage it. >> reporter: the 5th fleet's commander is more unequivocal
about the prospects of iran being allowed to hold the world's economies hostage. >> in addition to the currently fighting and winning, with the wars, with it ill be to prevent a third from breaking out, but should it break out, we'll win it. >> reporter: greg burke, fox news. >> chris: hamid karzai today tried to clarify comments he made thursday, blaming u.n. and other foreign officials, for widespread election fraud in his country. he spoke on the phone with secretary of state hillary clinton after the white house called karzai's remarks, troubling. also, today, karzai's main political rival, said the comments had undermined the war against the taliban. a leading shiite party backed by iran is offering support for the secular candidate for prime minister of iran. the block led by ammar al-hakim is trying to put together a coalition to head a new iraqi government. and that kind of political openness is possible, because of the u.s. military intervention
in iraq, that is supposed to end soon. and there are questions about what will happen, to american personnel and equipment. white house correspondent mike emanuel reports from the pentagon. >> reporter: as u.s. troops are drawing down to 50,000 by the end of august, in -- an surging 30,000 troops into afghanistan the move requires a massive shift, of 2.8 million pieces of military equipment at a price tag of tens of billions of dollars. >> this is the largest operation that we have been able to determine, since the build-up for world war ii. >> reporter: military humvees and the armored mwraps used in iraq have been driven hard and there is a massive refurbishing operation en kuwait where priority is put on adjusting the vehicles for use in afghanistan. >> some of the equipment we'll get out of iraq does not have the latest armor on it and we may have to change engines, suspensions, transmissions, and as well as adding on the latest armor.
before we push it forward. but, we are trying to get it to our troops, in the best condition possible, before they realize they need it. that is our goal. >> reporter: senior defense officials say moving the right equipment to operate on the rugged terrain of afghanistan needs to be done quickly. >> this summer will be very critical for that effort and if we don't in just these next weeks and months, get ourselves in there and get set, we can't have success. >> reporter: but not everything will be leaving iraq, suvs used in the green zone officials say, would not pass emission tests in the u.s., and would cost too much to ship. the security t-walls protective barricades used by the military would cost more to move than they are worth. >> in some cases it is cheaper for us to turn that over to the government of iraq, through the right programs and let them keep it. >> reporter: while equipment may be on the move, the commander of special operations forces says, their job in iraq is not done
yet. >> the special operations forces are not experiencing the draw down. in iraq. we have all -- all indication including my conversations with general petraeus and general odierno is that the special operations forces will be sustained at about the current level. >> there are currently 4500 special-ops forces in iraq, and they are not expected to start drawing down, until a new iraqi government is formed. chris? >> chris: investigators identified one of the two female suicide bombers allegedly responsible for monday's attacks on moscow subway trains and the 17-year-old from dagestan is believed to be the woman in this picture along with her husband, identified as a militant, killed by government forces, last december. meanwhile, prime minister vladimir putin is making his first trip to venezuela and hugo chavez says russia agreed to help him set up a space industry and giving veterans help after returning home, but first
health care and we are moving more to the jobs agenda, that will be helpful. >> reporter: focusing on jobs which polls in both parties say is the top concern, may not help democrats escape criticism for backing health care reform. or, controversial cap-and-trade climate legislation or, immigration reform. because they, too are pocketbook issues. >> there's concern about unemployment. and there is concern about the lack of income growth but there is also concern about the growth of government spending taxes and death and that connects to the health care issue and connects to many of the other spending issues, before the u.s. senate and u.s. house. >> the reckless congress is destroying your prosperity... >> reporter: the barrage of attack ads is escalating against democrats with the explosion of government bailouts and
takeovers and questionable stimulus projects that so far have not delivered the democrats' promised results. and new members of congress are most vulnerable. >> many of the democrats elected in '08 and '08 have taken unpopular votes against their constituents and are feeling the heat back home for ignoring the will of their constituents or ignoring what fits in their districts. >> recent threats against lawmakers are a mainly concern for law en for the and democrats see it as a positive for them, politically. >> in the aftermath of the health care vote, i think that was very good, actually for democrats, and because you had a very small segment of people who are very, very extreme in their opposition, using violence, et cetera... >> as part of jobs agenda democratic leaders and the president say they look forward to campaigning on their health care, and, their cap-and-trade climate change legislation and imation efforts but not all the -- immigration efforts and not all this rank-and-file feel
that, it could cost them their jobs and they predict it will be a losing midterm for democrats. >> and those are just 7 months away, carl. >> reporter: you bet. >> chris: we'll show you how enterprising democrats are making money from an off-color comment and time for governor mark sanford of south caro
south carolina republican governor mark sanford has paid the largest ethics fine in the state's history after allegations he breached the state ethics code 37 times. by overspending on travel and making personal use of state airplanes, and campaign funds. his lawyers dropped off a check for $74,000 in fines and $36,000 to cover investigation costs and the ethics complaint alleged he bought numerous first and business class airline tickets including those to the extramarital trip to argentina when upgrade were not allowed and he says he pleaded no contest to put the issue behind him. now, updating a few stories in our friday follow-up segment, the first of three british investigations into leeked e-mails at the center of the climategate scandal cleared the scientists involved, a house of commons committee said it found no evidence climatics research unit or its director, phil jones
tampered with data to exaggerate the threat of global warming and the 14 member panel acknowledged, quote, a blunt refusal to share data on the part of the scientists. and law makers stress the report which was written after only a single day of oral testimony, did not cover all issues of the case. and, finally, the grassroots arm of the democratic national committee says it is joe biden -- the joe biden inspired t-shirts are selling like hot cakes and organizing for america is hawking shirts at $25 a pop that read, health reform is a bfd... referencing biden's now infamous remark to the president on the day he signed the health care law and the u.s. in can you be boo had a rare diplomatic encounter this week in the name of helping haiti recover from january's earthquake. representatives talked about coordinating medical assistance, and correspondent steve harrigan returned to the devastated country to see if relief efforts
are doing any good. what is the situation there? >> reporter: chris, right now, more than 1.3 million haitians are living out in the streets, many intents, but, more than two months after the earthquake, those tebt cities are not shrinking, they are getting bigger. two months ago, the hill on the gulf course was a secure place for the u.s. military, to distribute food, to the hungry. now, it has an air of permanence, home for 50,000 people. with running water... doctors... dentists. the camps, instead of shrinking, are growing. for some, services are better in the camps than what they had before the earthquake, others, stay out of fear. there is a major fear of going back into build, people are psychologically impacted by the earthquake and people are not going into their homes and even in cases where people have told them, the engineers told them the home is safe, they are afraid to go back in.
>> reporter: government ordered free food distribution to stop. citing concerns about overdependence and local markets. but the need still seems desperate. one thing you can tell in this line for food here in port-au-prince, the people are really hip to hip and there is no air between them and they'll be lined up several hours. >> reporter: the race now is to prepare camps for rainy season, digging ditches by hand and hoping a layer of plastic t.a.r. between earth and tarp will keep them safe and as as many as 400,000 haitians living in camps now come from houses that were determined to be structurally sound but until now, remain empty. back to you. >> chris: as you say the rainy season about to start there. thanks. christians around the world are observing good friday. pilgrims in jerusalem reenacted the final journey of jesus christ towards his crucifixion
and the scene in the philippines was more graphic as believers endured whippings and were actually nailed to crosses. pope benedict xvi presided over the vatican's annual observance of good friday, takenattended b catholics from many countries and a chinese philosopher had a proverb about teaching a man to fish, better than giving a man one and that is going a long way toward helping military veterans make readjustment to civilian life. correspondent kris gutierrez look at a group that is making a difference. >> reporter: when the men and women who serve our country leave the battlefield, transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult. just ask jeff. >> everybody jumped ahead of me. and i was kind of back to where i started before i left. >> reporter: he was in the army national guard. for 16 years. he completed two tours in iraq. and when he returned home, he longed for something more. so at 47 years old, he decided
to go back to school, to pursue a career in criminal justice. >> i still want to serve my country. not, you know, might not be in uniform but i want to serve. >> i like your openness to do this... >> reporter: to get started he fond a mentor through the american corporate partners program, or acp. and the program connects servicemen and women with corporate and academic mentors to advise the veterans once they return home and meet at least once a month. to discuss ways of moving up the corp ladder. or, in his case, which courses will get him back into the workplace, the fastest. across the country, acp reports more than 500 veterans are mentored in 15 cities. and corporate partners include news corp., fox's parent company, as well as pepsico, verizon, general electric, and others. and she works at the university of texas at arlington making her the perfect fit to guide him down the road back to school, while building his confidence. >> i don't like to stand out.
you know? and, here's a guy, you know, gray hair walking down the hall with his backpack, you know, and, 18, 19-year-old kids... doing the same thing. >> to have people like jeff go through what he has been through, and, sit beside some of our students and some of those -- in some of those classrooms and be able to give a message to some of our students who have not had those experiences, is a win-win for uta. >> reporter: he says his experiences in iraq have changed him. and now his mentor is, too. >> she reinforces the things that i -- ideas i have. >> reporter: in dallas, kris gutierrez, fox news. >> we'll talk about the strange letters governors received as well as new screening rules for people coming to the u.s. the fox all-stars join me in three minutes.
>> we can't shut down the united states. we have got to come up with a way of making sure that legitimate trade and travel continues. >> chris: that's ralph bashem, talking about new security measures the obama administration is implementing to protect the home land and let's bring in our panel, stephen hayes of the weekly standard, kirsten powers from the "new york post" and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer and the administration came up with these proposals in response to the failed bombing on christmas day and do they fill the gaps we discovered in the umar farouk abdulmutallab case. >> possibly. but i think when you listen to what we're doing new, my biggest question, first question was, haven't we been doing it all along and now we'll have intelligence focused screening? and what have we been doing, have we not been taking bits of
intelligence and based on that intelligence screening and it will be great if they step it up and i'm troubled by the fact we'll step back from looking carefully at people traveling from companies that are non to have given us problems in the past and it doesn't make any sense and if that is where terrorists are trained and operating, and if that is where they have come from we should be applying extra scrutiny, to people from those countries, whether it hurts the feelings or not. >> chris: speaking of hurt feelings, kirsten, critics are raising the question, if you start using the intelligence and it says, let's look at muslims from certain parts of the world will it be racial profiling. >> there are people who will view it as racial profiling but to speak to what you are talking about, rather than having a broad what they describe as blanket it will be more targeted and there was a reaction to what happened in december, and, i think that people felt like they
were, you know, need to take information, and then go to a secondary screening, rather than just targeting everybody who comes from that country. and so, i think that to me it seems to be a little smarter to be more targeted than say, if you came from the country, though we don't have any intelligence on you, we'll treat you look a suspect. >> chris: are you persuaded, charles. >> no, i'm not persuaded. how targeted can it be if you have a ton of suspects out there, on which you have a ton of information and a ton of criteria? so they will be -- there will be a wide net and how much are you adding and how will' screener assimilate all of the possible elements of criteria of all of the possible suspects? that is like -- on the other hand, if you make it extremely narrow, so that only a few specific very high alarm suspects are included, for example, which would apply to the guy who did the christmas attempt, nigeria, between the
ages of 20 and 25 who had been in yemens, the problem is a lot of the screening is run by airlines and a lot of airlines are in countries with a large population of -- some of whom are jihadi and by statistics you'll have a couple of people who are getting the information who may be sympathetic to our enemies and it will leak and i'm not sure what is being added and why are we now eliminating the criterion of looking carefully at people from countries like yemen, afghanistan, or pakistan, where we know you've got active jihadi elements. >> chris: meanwhile, let me talk about another threat, as if it weren't enough, steve centanni reported, earlier, steve, the fbi and the department of homeland security sent notices out, to law enforcement officers, around the country, about a group called the guardians of the free republics who are sending these letters demanding, they say peaceful but demanding governors leave or you will be removed.
what do you make of that. >> it is hard to tell because the language is vague and on the one hand you don't want to fail to address something that could be a serious and substantive threat and the other hand the language is so vague and it is hard to know what law enforcement is supposed to do, as we heard in steve's package. >> yeah and i think it is newsworthy because, it went to so many governors, and i think to tim pawlenty was quoted as saying it is a typical letter we get, frankly, it is just that it went to so many different people, i think it raises some red flags and the expectation is it will go to all 50 governors and they have to take it seriously but we don't know if it is kooky people or are they kooky people who can actually carry it out. >> chris: kooky people do a lot of bad things. >> come on, i get e-mails like that every week and, you know, i don't hold any offers. and they don't always include the legally remove you, either. look, the fbi is saying, they
are announcing all of this because it could inflame people who are really weird an out there. and why would you announce it? if you are announcing it and spread the word, it might actually increase the inflammation and, lastly, loonie anarchists are not new, in america and it didn't start with health care reform, didn't they kill people. >> we have had it for 60 years and it is not a result of health care reform, rush limbaugh and -- >> i understand but even if they are kooky you have to pay attention. >> but people argue there is a wave of an narcism as a result of what is happening with health care and anti-obama sentiment and yes, it is responding to some of what is happening. but, our tradition in having all of this goes back 80 years. >> chris: please go to our home page at foxnews.com/special report for more about the new screening rules and when we come back your choice on-line topic
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>> chris: every week on the fox news.com special report paint, viewers vote on what topic we should discuss first, or in the friday lightning round and after three days of voting, and i suspect some concerted ballot stuffing, steve hayes, wildcard pick, was the clear winner, steve, what is your question and as charles krauthammer would so humbly say the correct answer. >> charles, is responsible for me winning this week because he encouraged people to vote for me. on wednesday in the on-line show and i'm grateful to charles, first of all. >> chris: it was pity. >> i lost two in a row. >> solidarity. >> i'm glad it work. my question, my wildcard question is:
we've seen an increasing -- spike in the number of attacks that are iranian sponsored in afghanistan, and the support for the taliban in materiel and training of taliban fighters in iran, what should u.s. policy be to address that spike? my view, the correct answer is, if we can identify a training camp, in iran, and we need to hit it. and if we know that iran is taking arms to taliban, and we intercept them, there needs to be pay back. >> chris: cross the border on the error on the ground. >> right. >> chris: kirsten. >> i'm a big fan of diplomacy, myself and with the president on this one. and, he's trying to isolate iran. >> chris: and sarah palin might say how is that working out for you. >> politics takes a long time and is not something that you have your immediate satisfaction from but i think over the long term it can work and i think that the president -- what the president is doing is right and
he's trying to isolate them and working on getting sanctions against them and i think for now i would say that is where we are, you reevaluate down the road, and, you know, maybe you have to look at military options down the road but at this point he's take the right course. >> chris: charles, these attacks, the support of the iranians for groups going into iraq and killing u.s. soldiers, that has been going on for some time. >> that is the point i want to make which is the original sin here. lies with the bush administration, because it began in the bush administration, in iraq, with agents of iraq, arming and in fact killing americans and we did nothing. now, i understand the motive, he didn't want to widen the war and once you allow to it happen it is hard to actually react later. the way the israelis tolerated attacks out of gaza into israel for a long time and then it had to do a big campaign, which looked disproportional and i think we are stuck in the situation where we have accepted these kinds of attacks, or proxy attacks and the threat of widening a war i think is one
our commanders would probably argue against today. >> chris: second issue, the economy. steve, 9.7% unemployment and the other hand, 162,000 jobs, added, to the economy, but on the third hand, more jobs added by the census bureau hiring people than by the entire manufacturing sector. so, good news or bad news. >> i think it is on balance, good news but is good news with an asterisk. we have to see where it goes and this is bask the third consecutive month of not having really bad news. and, that in and of itself is good news and whether it continues, or whether there is a -- another drop back, i'm not going -- i'm not going to guess, i will not be on record guessing. >> you know, if you e listen at obama administration they'd say it is a trend, staying at this number for three months and expectations -- saying it is probably going to get worse before it gets better, but, the fundamentals are good. i think that i'm with steve on this. i don't think we know what will happen and the fact of the
matter is, there are a lot of people out of jobs and yes, it is better than a year ago when he took office and we were losing 700,000 jobs, and, at the same time, we're going to have to wait and see, you know, what happens, in the next, you know, year and i think obama can hope, politically, that as they get closer to the elections, that the numbers will drop off. >> chris: and we should point out, chars, for instance, the factory, president obama visited today, those jobs were added as a result of government taxpayer stimulus fund and you see the glass half empty or half full. >> look, i think it tells us something about the shape of the recovery. it is not a v-shaped as the sharp snap back of the reagan recovery of 1981-82 and doesn't look like a "w" and it looks like a u-shaped and we are berming along the bottom and the bottom of the "u" is rather long. >> chris: another subject, bad news, tough week for r.n.c.
chairman michael steele, steve. big spending on private jets, and luxury hotels, and, of course, the -- let's throw in the 2 -- $2,000 tab at the sex themed nightclub and top conservatives, tony perkins called, saying don't contribute to the r.n.c., how much trouble is michael steele in. >> it is certainly not a good week for him but i think it is a distraction and i look at internal republican party politics like high school election. we know who the leaders are, we have some vague idea of what it is they do but they don't really change much. and, unless you have a leader at the top of the party who is a magnificent fund-raiser or somebody who really helps you will not see them change the trajectory of the politics, right now and they are going now in favor of republicans. >> chris: a big deal or not, kirsten. >> i don't think his -- his job is not in jeopardy but it is a
big deal when you have tony perkins coming out and telling people not to give money to the r.n.c. and they need it for elections, and, to the extent that, you know, who is to blame, everybody can disagree on that, but the bottom line is, less money in the rnc, bad at a time when republicans, feel poised to make mainly gains. >> chris: charles? >> i would agree, if you are a republican you don't need a story linie like this. steele is a good guy, a good politician, and he has a lot of promise, i think but i think he's in the wrong job. this is a job for somebody who wants to stay behind the scenes, and raises funds and works on the bureaucracy and works in a quiet way, that is not what he does and there are jobs opening in maryland, the former governor he served, dewitt is running against a democrat and perhaps he should think of running in maryland. >> chris: 15 seconds left, who will win the national championship, final four weekend. >> i went to a small school in indiana, i'm with butler.
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